One of the biggest towns in the UK, it follows that Doncaster would have one of the best nightlife scenes. From historic pubs to quirky backstreet bars and clubs open well into the following morning, we’ll help you find the right place for your night on the town in our handy Doncaster nightlife guide.
Nightlife in Doncaster
Mañana Mañana – Spanish for ‘tomorrow tomorrow’ – is a great place to drink. A vibrant bar, found in Lazarus Court in the heart of Doncaster, Mañana is an award-winning bar and restaurant that serves up tapas, cocktails and a winning selection of wine from across the world. Head to the beer garden when the sun is shining or stay indoors to take advantage of the roaring fire in winter. A trendy, busy bar, they also show most of the football action and turn the music up in the evenings to get the dancefloor moving.
If rum or gin are your thing, then you’ll love No.7 @ The Rum Rooms on Market Road. The restaurant serves up locally sourced English classics, with The Rum Room and the newly-built sister bar The Gin Room serving up more spirits than you can shake a cocktail stick at. The Rum Room boasts more than 50 rums from across the world, while the Gin Room stocks over 40 different brands and flavours of gin and eight different tonics. The beer garden comes alive during the summer, while the downstairs bars hum with live music and a cool crowd as soon as the weekend hits.
A town bursting with excellent pubs, we could be here all day extolling the virtues of some of Doncaster’s finer drinking establishments. But we’ve narrowed the offering down to these three classics, starting with The Salutation. One of the oldest pubs in Doncaster, with the site in use as far back as the 17th century, the pub serves up seven hand-pulled pints, malt whiskies, gins and has recently launched a Thai menu to go alongside more traditional pub grub, such as burgers and steak pie. Located on South Parade to the west of the town centre, The Salutation is one of Doncaster’s real ale pubs and a must-visit for any beer fan.
A popular modern pub, The Goose is a bright, airy affair that serves everything from breakfast and Sunday roasts to well-sourced wines, beers and spirits. Food is served daily until 9pm, with a DJ on hand on Friday and Saturday nights to ramp up the atmosphere with a collection of decade-spanning pop hits. Trendy and with one of the best pub kitchens in town, it’s also got a great location just off the High Street and a five-minute walk from our Doncaster Central (High Fishergate) hotel.
And rounding out the selection is Tut N Shive. With up to six guest ales at any one time, plus several regulars, the pub is a real ale haven, while it also serves up a wide range of gins and mixers. Just next to Frenchgate Shopping Centre and the train station, it’s the perfect place to pop in for a post-shopping pint or before your train leaves. There’s also a large beer garden and all the sport are shown via several large screens.
While Doncaster can’t claim to be the cool clubbing capital of Yorkshire – both Leeds and Sheffield have some of the UK’s best clubs and late-night dancing spots – there are several late-night spaces worth checking out.
Those looking for VIP service and a table and bottle will find everything they need at Secrets. Located in the popular Lazarus Court near to Mañana Mañana and The Social, Secrets has become one of the leading high-end clubs in town since launching three years ago. With a chart-friendly playlist and open from 7pm to 3am on weekend nights, it’s a great place to start or end your night.
For something a little more down to earth, Flares is open daily with regular drinks deals and promotions. Located in the heart of town on Hall Gate, the club prides itself on its cheap drinks, cheery attitude and its all-inclusive playlist.
Last but not least is Frank & Stein; the quirkiest of the clubs in Doncaster. Ostensibly a German-inspired bar, it’s become one of the hottest bars and clubs in town. Capable of holding 400 people over two rooms, the bar is open until 3am every Tuesday and Thursday to Sunday night. Combining well-priced drinks with high-end booth options, it’s a good all-rounder that gets busy at the weekend, so get there early or book ahead.